Big cup win for Stamford

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Notts Boots Corsairs 12 Stamford Town 51

STAMFORD Town cruised to a cup win at current Midlands 4 East (North) leaders Nottingham Boots Corsairs on Sunday.

The Notts side went into Sunday’s tie with an impressive unbeaten home record but Town showed little fear, running out 51-12 winners.

Stamford opted to receive the first kick of the game and it was gathered by flanker Jack Eifion-Jones who evaded several tackles to give his side good field position.

Clean ruck ball was generated at the breakdown as the Town pack cleared out well and this enabled half back Laurent Ross and Matt Albinson to run the game.

The width and speed that Stamford played with was too much for Corsairs to cope with and the first score came as they offended at the breakdown within Albinson’s range. He calmly stepped up and claimed his team a three point prize.

Shortly afterwards, strong running in the midfield opened up space for Scott Niehorster for the first try.

It was a good day at the office for the Town pack at set piece time.

Props James Green (replaced by Jake Wilkins, 40mins) and Liam Tate along with hooker Oli Story were dominant at scrum time giving a good platform for number 8 Rich Justice to carry the ball hard to the opposition, making inroads with every carry.

Full back Guy Michels was named man of the match.

Stamford were disappointed to concede 12 points but were happy with the overall performance with the frst 20 minutes being some of the best rugby they have played this season.

Stamford progress to the quarter finals of the NLD competition but first return to league action. The 1st XV travel to Stoneygate for a 2.15pm start tomorrow.

l ALSO in the Midlands 4 East (South) division, Stamford College Old Boys travel to Westwood tomorrow for their first game of 2011.

l OAKHAM RFC resume action after the winter break with a home match against Ashby tomorrow.

Ashby were promoted along with Oakham last summer but have fared less well since stepping up a flight.

The Oaks will be seeking to consolidate their mid-table position after a promising opening half to the season.

l IN the Midlands 3 East (South) division Deepings RFC take on Queens on Saturday.

The Green Machine sits fifth after the opening nine games of the season.

l BOURNE RFC are at home to BOston 2nds in the Lincolnshire Merit League.